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For the first time Marie-Luise Friedemann's theory for nursing that centers primarily on the family is presented in its entirety. Friedemann provides a clear description of the framework of systemic organization, validating the concepts through existing research findings and case studies that explore the use of the framework with families. While explaining the interaction of modifying factors such as the family structure, life span considerations, and cultural influences within the family, The Framework of Systemic Organization emphasizes family health and healthy adaptation to change. It then focuses on crises resulting from illness and the environment--such as poverty and homelessness--and explores the effects these factors have on family members' wellness. Throughout the volume, the author guides the reader toward a concept of nursing that unifies theory, ...

Families in Crisis: Crises from the Environment
Families in crisis: Crises from the environment

Introduction

Crises from the environment are evoked by detrimental influences on individuals and the family system. Common to all such crises is the victimization of the people involved and, in terms of the framework of systemic organization, a forced system change. Victims often change their view of the world radically in that their self-confidence or sense of power and control gives way to helplessness and a new realization that justice is nonexistent. Such changes have serious repercussions on the individual's role perceptions and the entire family process. Specific environmental crises differ in various aspects: They may be sudden, as in a natural disaster, a traffic accident, a crime, or an arrest ...

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